Waterfire Saga, Book 1
Synopsis: The first in a series of four epic tales set in the depths of the ocean, where six mermaids seek to protect and save their hidden world.
Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.
When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera’s mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.
Review: As soon as I saw the cover of the novel, I knew that I had to read it. Yes, because this cover is just sublime! I completely fell in love with the work that the artist was able to achieve. Then, I must also add that I’m always really intrigued when an author presents a story about mermaids. I find it fascinating to learn more about them, since they are not highlighted a lot in literature, even if it is true that there are more and more books about them. I also heard a lot about Jennifer Donnelly, about her novel: Revolution and I was very curious to discover one of her work.
First we discover any Serafina, a young mermaid in phase to be announced before the court, to be the heir to her kingdom. This means she has to pass several tests and to promise her life to the young prince to whom she is engaged to. And for once, I must say that I was surprised to see that the girl is happy with her future wedding as she greatly appreciates the prince. Yes because I was expecting to see a rebellion on one side or the other and this is actually not the case. But of course, a lot of things happen. While the young woman must manage the stress and expectations of each person, she also had the strangest dream ever, wanting her help. And while an attack shakes her kingdom into chaos, it seems that this dream is much more important than she might have initially thought. To save the people who rely on her, she must follow her destiny, although it is very difficult for her to accept it.
I liked the story. The author introduces us to a lot of myths and stories about misunderstood creatures and it is true that everything was really intriguing. I was also surprised to see a mention of Atlantis here; I did not expect that at all. Serafina is a character I enjoyed discovering. While she seems a little naive and overprotected at the beginning of the story, she will be forced to change and to evolve to the person she is intended to become. It was quite interesting to see the change in this short time, and to see her assimilate truths that are not necessarily easy to accept. Regarding the Prince, I was quite surprised to see that she does not have more questions, and while we suspect the identity of one of the characters in the story, I was surprised to see that the hypothesis was not even possible for the young woman. Yet I am quite curious to see what will happen later, because I ‘m sure that many things will follow.
The novel was a nice introduction to this world we did not know about and I really enjoyed learning more this way. The heroine seems perhaps a bit simple at first but she gains weight while advancing in the chapters and I’m curious to see the person she will become.